Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

very good
435 Ratings
Tilburg's Dutch Brown AleTilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2003

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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of beersensei305
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

The beer pours a deep ruby brown out of the bottle with a tannish head, retreats rather quickly with nice stickiness and lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. The beer is smooth and creamy with the first taste. Malty and sweet, with some toasted notes and toffee. Great beer, a little sweet but smooth and tastey overall

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Photo of davidshamoon
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I lost most of my notes on this one, but I felt I had to post with what I had, so delicious is this beer.

Beautiful ruby-hued brown color, with a generous head. Sweet, malty aromas, but the flavor is surprisingly crisp and mellow. No need to combine this one with food -- stands on its own for before or after dinner. Refreshing, fine carbonation. All the rich flavors of a Belgian strong dark ale, but much more drinkable.

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Photo of BierFan
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Very dark brown for the style leaving little head and almost no lacing. Toasty malt smell. Also a very nice smell of rotting bananas and raisins. The taste is like the Newcastle Brown Ale but sweeter and with the rotting fruit character that I noted.

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Photo of Onslow
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great dutch beer, one of the best brown ales by far on this planet, It has a great almost fruity wonderful taste, sweet and very solid in the taste department! Nice Nice smell, and besides the lack of lacing, the look of this brew is great! I love the dutch and this beer will love you too!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into an English nonic ale glass. Dark ruby-brown, leaves a 1/2 inch head that survives the duration quite handily. Sheets of foamy lacing to boot.

Nose is malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruit (grape, figs), candy and spice.

Similar notes here. I certainly do get the "Belgian" aspects of this beer. Much sweeter and with notes of grape, figs, currant, chocolate and caramel. But there is still a mildly hopped, bitter finish and a taste that reminds me a great deal of an English brown. A milder, easier to drink brew than others from Koningshoeven.

Carbonation is a touch low, medium bodied, slick.

A decent Belgian dark. I personally weigh on the side that this brew does qualify as Belgian dark, but there are certainly English characteristics to this brew as well. Flavorful, lower ABV makes this one I could happily drink throughout the evening. Nothing I haven't seen before, but well made nonetheless.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a deep brown that shines red in the light. A nice light tan head is dense, taking some time to settle to a light foam and leaving sticky lacing as it goes.
There's practically a candy shop in the aroma. It's a very sweet, sugary aroma with some chocolate on the nose and perhaps caramel or toffee. There are perhaps some dark fruits in here as well (plum) with a bit of a malt backing almost masked by all the sweetness.
The taste follows suit, though there's a very light hops flavor underlying. There's also a slightly toasted note as well. Malt backing is present throughout, though, again, the sweetness is the dominant factor and somewhat complex, though not as much as it could be by any means.
The body is medium. Carbonation is active and foamy, making this one very creamy. Eventually it seems to thin out, though.
This is well worth trying if you want to get more into the style or are interested in an atypical drinking experience.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I have GOT to know... what the FUCK is that on the label? A bird-man eating a woman with crows flying out of her ass? And a cauldron on the thing's head? *LMFAO*

The beer was a lovely clear red color, with a half finger head that died quickly but left a thin film of foam.

Aroma was fruity and sweet, with a hint of molasses. Nice.

Taste is of sweet dark malt, no roasted character. Molasses and toffee. Also a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability... hell, it's a really nice brown ale. More like an American nut brown ale, IMHO, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of saltydog
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish brown, clear, head fades rapidly. Smell: very sweet, noticeable nuttiness and caramel aromas. Taste: Sweet, malty, very nutty, slight fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth. Drinkability: Sweet, pleasent drink, not outstanding, but easy to take.

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Photo of JAStheAce
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dutch Brown Ale is medium to dark leathery brown with ruby red accents when held up to the light. About an inch of head that quickly vanished and didn't have much retention or lacing. A malty, yeasty, and nutty aroma but nothing really stood out. All very subdues and well-settled. I taste roasted malts, toffee, nuts, and maybe some chocolate. Not much bitterness. A light to medium mouthfeel with a good taste makes this a solid session brew that I found to be refreshing and a decent compliment to some chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After paying only $5.99 for a six pack at my local store in Baltimore I was nicely surprised by this beer. While not a home run, it is a tasty brew with just the right amount of complexity to make it a wonderful everyday beer. Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smell is of ripe fruit, candy sugars and malt. Taste is much of the same. Ripe plums, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. Quite sweet, but not over the top. Nice well balanced carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still passable. A very smooth, drinkable beer. Perfect for those "not sure what I'll have" evenings when you don't feel like cracking open a special beer but also don't want to go slumming.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear amber borwn. The head was white and fell back slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery with dark fruits and higher alcohols. Also caramel and some Belgian yeast components.

The flavor was neutral with slight fruitiness. Slight dark fruit and caramel flavors and some nuttiness.

The finish was fruity, nutty and neutral in sweetness. The body was medium light.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased in NC, so must be lower than 6% ABV. Might explain the lower body.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours dark caramel brown and clear, average tan head and minor lacing. Nose is of some dark sugar and raisins. This is a soft, delicate and subtle brown ale. Candi sugars evident but not over powering. Fruity and fairly sweet brew. More notes of raisins, caramel and cashews. this is a pleasant, drinkable little brew, worth a try

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great label from Bosch's artwork what appears to be a man shaped like a nose eating a foot?

A: Pours with a nice ruby red color with tan/beige head.

S: Nice sweet roasted malt on nose, brown sugar, bready.

T: Starts off very sweet malt wise, caramel, brown sugar, then turns to a rich and dark roasted flavor with a smokey finish. Some spiciness and lemony hints. Some smoked cherry wood notes for an after tasted.

M: Oily texture on tongue. Good roasted malt bite in the end upon warming.

D: big rich dessert treat enjoyable in moderation due to overwhelming sweetness.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Coppery brown maybe some amber notes. About 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring, with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, with a nice fruitiness. Maybe figs, with a hint of caramel and licorice. I'm not getting a lot of hops here. Overall different than the last few Brown Ales I've had....

T: OK, I'm getting some different things here.... Caramel is the overall taste I'm getting. I'm also getting some licorice and a mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste is not bad, not bitter and not to sweet. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation is moderate but comes in for a prickly, crisp feel upfront, maybe a bit too much. otherwise medium body.

D: Very Drinkable brew here.... It feels a little higher in ABV when you are drinking it, but it is not.... Nice, I could do a couple of these.

The name fooled me... This is not a true Brown Ale, it is just as Beeradvocate names it.... Belgian Dark Ale. Do it you are looking for a Brown Ale, this is not it. But it is a very pleasant drink. Give this I try, lots of flavor. It is worth a try.

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Photo of everetends
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this one at the Grub Mart here in Jacsonville. Poured into a pint.

A: Came out a nice dark brown with ruby hues. Got a good amount of off white head that stuck around, creating some nice lacing.

S: Malt. Lots of malt. Has a sweet smell of caramel and dark fruits I can't place.

T: Sweet, caramel and roasted malt. Maybe some cherry in there, maybe plum. Got a bitterness on the finish.

M: Has a medium carbanation. Silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable with the light ABV. This is one of the better beers we have readily availiable here in Alabama. Great beer!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans while walking around the Quarter.

Appearance: dark shoe polish brown; 1 finger head with good retention that laced nicely around the cup.

Smell: Malty, sweet

Taste: caramel, nuts, bread, figs, malts, and a little dab of dark chocolate. Oh, so smooth.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy

Overall: a really good recommendation from the beer guy at Sydney's. You never know what treasures you'll find here. Another strong contender to my brown ale list. Rich, robust and smooth drinking.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.59/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle marked 11:19 K26F12 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt and yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and stalactites of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown with reddish cast
Flavor begins sweet and malty; fades to just sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very pleasant brown ale, better (IMHO) bottled than on tap, at least here in the US.

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Photo of qcghost
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 445 dgrees. Beer had a nice color almost red looking. Nice light brown fluffy fat head. Beer smelled like it was going to be hoppy, but it was not thank goodness. also smelled toffee. Sorta just right sweet taste upon hitting palat. First impression is WOW, this is good. Nice lacing. This is a great beer I will buy again.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. The orange label appears to feature a bird-person with a kettle on its head eating a human.

A: Deep copper. Poured with a egg white head that leaves ample lacing. Even leaves sheeting on the glass.

S: A piney, malty smell with - and I know this sounds bad but it's really not that bad - airplane glue. Sugary. Some raw sugar smells

T: Even though it's not that high, I pick up on an alcohol presence. Dark fruits. Plum skins. Candied rasin. Some black cherry. Gives way to a small bananna presence with some floral hops and then ends dry and with a touch of bitter.

M: Silky and watery. Very much what I would expect from the style.

D: Probably a bit too complex to be too drinkable by nature.

Overall: Man, how mislead I was by the label. This beer has everything I'd expect from a Belgian Dark, but really threw me off by the "brown ale" on the label.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

flute glass

a - pours a hazy ruby red with a bit of yeast still in suspension. gave me a finger's worth of tan head that calmed slowly to a film and leaves a few chunks of lace around the glass.

s - toasted wheat bread or pumpernickel, toffee, notes of spice, some dark fruits. also a bit musty.

t - bready malt with a fairly prominent spiciness. a little nutty, notes of brown sugar, faint notes of raisin. light bitter twang on the back of the tongue. individual flavors come across as being subtle, but there is really some depth to this beer.

m - firmly medium in body with a coarse co2 profile. a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - really well put together thoroughly enjoyable. seems firmly planted in between an english brown and a belgian dark, and that's just fine. drinkability is good. recommended.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of webbcreative
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2, 2009
Brown Pour, 2 finger head. Can't smell too much in this one, slight malty sweet, yeast smell. Taste is wonderful, this is the smoothest, creamiest drink i have had to date. Its a litte sweet, but not too much at all. nice balance with the hops. Clean finish. I just might like this on better than my current fav brown, Hazelnut brown nectar from Rogue, i could drink a few of these! The bottom of the glass came way to early for me. And the value of this beer makes this off the charts for me, I can pick this up a 6er of this beauty for $6.50.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown, with a frothy tan head. The nose is dark fruits, chocolate, funky belgian yeast, wood. Taste is sour wood, bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of light alcohol, and a touch of blonde roast coffee. Great brown ale - not sure what I think of it as a dark belgian though. Definitely has the belgian yeast funk, but really drinks like a brown ale. Good stuff though.

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Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.75 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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